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LSU Economics Alumna, ISDS Master’s Student Gets Published

10/05/2011 01:58 PM

BATON ROUGE – Lauren Stuart, a 2008 graduate of the LSU Department of Economics and a current master’s student of the LSU Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences from Baton Rouge, has had her independent study economics research paper, “Auto Restricted Zone versus price changes,” published in The Journal of Transportation Planning and Technology.  


According to the paper’s abstract, the study compares the Auto Restricted Zone Policy with price changes for parking permits at LSU.


“We find that ARZ has a more significant effect on the reduction in purchase of parking permits than price increases, albeit with a lag. We also find that while driving continues to be the primary mode of choice, a significant number of students are willing to adopt alternative means of transportation, if facilities associated with them are improved. Since LSU is fairly representative, we believe that this case study contains lessons for other universities in the country facing traffic congestion issues,” the paper’s abstract states.


Stuart’s paper regarding the installation of the Easy Streets campaign in 2007 at LSU was previously selected for presentation at the 2009 International Energy Economics Association Global Conference.


In addition to pursuing her master’s degree, Stuart is a graduate assistant at the LSU Center for Energy Studies, or CES. In three years as a CES research sssociate, Stuart contributed to emission modeling and policy recommendations for the Louisiana Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory project and participated in the Louisiana and Mississippi Green Jobs Consortium. Both of these research projects focused on determining mobile source emissions, identifying fuel consumption levels, surveying alternative energy industry trends and assessing policy measures related to transportation and infrastructure.


Currently, Stuart coordinates the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition, a public-private partnership hosted at the Center for Energy Studies, which facilitates the diversification of fuel sources for the transportation sector.


Sudipta Sarangi, a Gulf Coast Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Inc. Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and associate professor in the Department of Economics at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, said Stuart did this work as an undergraduate student.


“Lauren is passionate about the environment and took the time and effort to do this research in an independent study class with me,” Sarangi said. “It is an excellent effort for an undergraduate student.”


Also as an undergraduate student, Stuart co-founded and served as three-year president of the Environmental Conservation Organization at LSU. In this role, she became involved in campus transportation management and the creation of the LSU Sustainability Initiative.


To read Stuart’s study in full, visit


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